Testimonials

Ottawa, Ontario Intensive Class

Taking the ETL training was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself! It has truly been a journey of self-exploration, self-discovery & self-healing. This training goes way beyond self-development. It not only transforms but actually restructures and aligns us with our highest purpose, highest strengths and is a foundational part of living, to form the basis of fully living life. I am definitely more freer, more clear, and have access to greater potential and options, resulting in better choices and decisions. This translates into getting consistently greater results, more dynamic outcomes, both personally and professionally. Invaluable!

Pete Bernard has a multi-layered approach to teaching which accommodates everyone’s learning style. He teaches with love, heart, compassion and lots of humour!

Thank you Pete for sharing your wisdom and experience in a very resourceful way. I am so grateful!

I highly recommend the ETL 2 year program to anyone who is ready and committed to make lasting, positive, resourceful changes for a better more enjoyable life.

~ Wendy Armstrong

The ETL training has been by far the most amazing training I have ever taken. It has, and is having a tremendous positive impact on my life. Algonquin Medicine Man is a gifted healer and teacher. He creates a comfortable and supportive space for learning and delivers the content in a fun and methodical way. If you are ready to heal, take ownership of your life, and live the life you were meant to live then this training is for you.
~ Tania Fréchette

The wisdom Algonquin Medicine Man’s teachings will alter how you see yourself and those around you.  When you see your emotional wounds as simply something that can be owned, healed, and released, life becomes about the person you are without those wounds.  The wounds, and stories created to sustain them, are simply no longer necessary.  Pete’s gentle yet profound guidance, his candor and wit, and his ancestral wisdom will change your life.  Trust yourself and your intuition – you’ve been guided here for a reason.

~ Pedro

Pete is a healer of great integrity and insight.  I love his ability to meet you eye-level, to speak to the psychology of the dynamics playing out in your life and explore how you are being asked to grow and evolve.  His shamanic gifts for healing provide tangible energetic inner shifts, helping to shed traumas, negative storylines or hurtful relationships that are holding you back from coming into the fullness of who you are.  I always sense how fully he is there to help and guide, as he listens attentively, speaks right to what is showing up, and then provides a healing that seals the shift your consciousness is moving into.  I most highly recommend him as an authentic teacher and healer.

~ Tanya Riley

Our family has truly benefitted from the teachings of the Algonquin Medicine man.  My husband and I have learned and continue to learn to face our issues,  our fears and the emotions most vulnerable to us.
We have been able to use the teachings to support our children and we have seen fantastic results.
The most beneficial thing I have achieved is a sense of freedom…..I feel more at peace than I have in a long time.  I still have lots to learn and to heal, so I will continue learning from this great man.  How blessed we are to have Pete Bernard in this beautiful city with us.
Check out the group healing circles and the Shaman program.
~ Thank you, Auramarina

Earning the light program course has truly changed my life in all areas from health, relationships,and career. I recommend this course for anyone searching for self empowering, following your life purpose and inspiring those around you. The wisdom and knowledge is an additional asset for any work and home. Pete’s compassionate approach and kind heart has been a great blessing throughout the course. I appreciate the amazing lessons and look for forward to applying these tools in my life.  I am forever grateful.
Thank you:)
~ Dalal Larisey

I strongly recommend the 8th Fire School of Shamanism’s Training Program to anyone who is ready for a change. It is very empowering to discover that we can choose not to be the victim of our experiences and beliefs; that by getting back in touch with ourselves, we can bring healing to ourselves on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels and return to our natural unconflicted state. This program has changed my life and I am filled with gratitude to have unlimited access to such a resourceful toolkit!
~ Isabelle

I feel honored that i have been able to study this deep healing art with Pete and the Algonquin lineage.
Pete is a deep soul with great integrity and heart, and i have felt such great healing in learning from him and being in his presence. He truly holds the space for deep healing and he shows great compassion for his students. He also happens to be a master NLP practitioner and expert in chi qong/chinese medicine!
i absolutely love all of the spiritual knowledge in this course and i love the ceremonies….this course has included so much profound spiritual knowledge and practical techniques that one cannot simply find anywhere else! i have been doing meditation and other healing techniques for years but what i learned in this course is very extensive and comprehensive.
i am utterly grateful that Pete and his lineage opened up this knowledge to us all!
i cannot recommend Pete highly enough!!

~  Jinder Kaur

The 8th Fire course made me see who I am and made me realize that we all have a past which inhibits our growth in the present. We have a past in which people were not forgiven and forgotten. This course freed me from the past and made me aware of why my life was not moving forward.

Pete Bernard explains concepts clearly and in detail, enabling us to heal ourselves and others. We develop affinities with others; helping others opens us to better understand

ourselves. Case studies provide a deeper experience which often leads to an unexpected revelation of Algonquin thought.

I am blessed to have taken this course and honoured to have followed the teaching of Pete Bernard.

~  Monique Mercier

I BEGAN ATTENDING PETE BERNARD’S 8TH FIRE TRAINING CLASS IN SEPT 2014, AND HAVE COMPLETED SIX OF THE EIGHT MODULES NEEDED FOR THE COURSE- FOUR MORE WEEKENDS TO GO! I SIGNED UP FOR SEVERAL REASONS:

I HAVE A NURSING BACKGROUND AND AN ESTABLISHED FULL TIME BODYWORK PRACTICE OF MAINLY CRANIOSACRAL AND LYMPHATIC THERAPIES AND SOME ENERGY THERAPIES. I WANTED TO ADD NEW SKILLS TO MY PRACTICE.

I CHOSE THE 8TH FIRE AFTER ATTENDING SEVERAL OF THE HEALING CIRCLES AND EXPERIENCING THE INCREDIBLE HEALING OF THE TALKS AND JOURNEYS. I ALSO HAD A COUPLE OF PRIVATE SESSIONS WITH PETE AND DISCOVERED NOT ONLY THE POWERFUL HEALING OF THE SHAMANIC JOURNEYS AND ENERGY, BUT PETE’S ABILITY TO HOLD SPACE FOR HEALING WAS FAR BEYOND ANYTHING I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED, AND I HAVE HAD SOME EXCELLENT THERAPISTS. I WANTED THIS GIFTED AND SKILLED HEALER AND FACILITATOR AS MY TEACHER.

THE HEALING THERAPIES OF THE 8TH FIRE SHAMANIC TRAINING DOESN’T REQUIRE PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND IS VERY EASY ON THE PRACTITIONERS BODY, MAKING IT IDEAL FOR ME.

MY COMMITMENT TO LIFELONG LEARNING, EXPLORING, CHALLENGING, AND PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF MY BELIEF SYSTEMS AND KNOWLEDGE WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN MY DECISIONS AND THIS COURSE HAS CERTAINLY DONE ALL THAT AND MORE.

CLASS MATES AND CLASSES

THE WEEKENDS ARE LONG, THE LEARNING AND “WORK TRADES” ARE INTENSE, BUT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS RELAXED. I HAVE NEVER YET FELT A MINUTE OF BOREDOM, ITS SO INTERESTING. EVERY WEEKEND WHEN I ENTER OUR LEARNING SPACE I KNOW THAT MY WORLD AND BELIEFS WILL BE SHAKEN UP BY SOMETHING NEW, WITH STUFF I NEED TO KNOW FOR MY LIFE, HEALING AND WORK. NOT EASY, BUT I APPRECIATE THE BENEFITS.

MOST OTHER CLASSES I ATTEND HAVE THE USUAL ASSORTMENT OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS, PHYSIO, OT’S AND OTHER TRAINED BODYWORKERS, BUT I’VE ALWAYS LEARNED MORE FROM PEOPLE DIFFERENT FROM MY OWN BACKGROUNDS. MY CLASSMATES AT THE 8TH FIRE ARE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, IN FACT VERY FEW HAVE BODYWORK TRAINING OF ANY KIND, AND THE AGE RANGE FROM 20’S TO LATER 60’S WITH ME IN THE OLDER AGE GROUP. MORE WOMEN THAN MEN AS USUAL BUT I APPRECIATE THE “YANG ENERGY” OF THE MEN IN OUR GROUP. PREVIOUS TRAINING ASIDE, THIS WAS NEW TO ALL OF US, SO WE STARTED FROM THE SAME PLACE. I THINK WE ALL WONDERED “CAN WE LEARN TO DO THIS?” WILL I SEE ANYTHING IN THE VISUALIZATION WORK?””WILL I BE THE ONLY ONE WHO JUST DOESN’T GET IT?” WE WERE PLUNGED INTO WORK RIGHT AWAY – PETE TAUGHT US THE WORK, FREQUENTLY USING STORIES TO ILLUSTRATE. WE WROTE DOWN THE STEPS FOR EACH TREATMENT OR JOURNEY, FOUND PARTNERS AND TRADED THE SESSIONS. WE FOUND WE COULD DO THE JOB, FOLLOWING THE STEPS – AND BONUS! IT IS TRULY EFFECTIVE IN HEALING THE ISSUES – AND LEARNING WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE FUNCTION AS WE DO IN THIS LIFE. THIS OFFERS US CHOICES TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO MAKE OUR LIVES MORE AS WE TRULY WANT IT TO BE.

THROUGH OUR, SO FAR, TWO YEARS OF TRAINING I’VE REALLY BEEN IMPRESSED WITH THE SKILLS AND ABILITIES EXHIBITED BY MY CLASSMATES. I RECEIVE AWESOME AND AMAZING HEALING SESSIONS FROM MY CLASSMATES. THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT, REFLECTING THEIR DIVERSE INNER GIFTS, BUT I EXPERIENCE POWERFUL INTUITIVE WORK , THEIR ABILITY TO HOLD SPACE, COMPASSION, NON JUDGEMENT, INTENTION AND FOCUS FROM MY TRADE PARTNERS. AS AN EXPERIENCED TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR CRANIOSACRAL CLASSES, AND ONE WHO HAS RECEIVED EXCELLENT TREATMENTS FROM OTHER THERAPISTS, I KNOW A GOOD TREATMENT WHEN I RECEIVE ONE, AND KNOW WHO FULLY SHOWS UP FOR ME AND WHO JUST GOES THROUGH THE MOTIONS.

ANYONE CONSIDERING THIS PROGRAM DOESN’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT PREREQUISITES, YOU JUST BRING THE PART OF YOU THAT WANTS TO HEAL, THE PART THAT WANTS TO LEARN AND GROW, THE WOUNDED AND FRIGHTENED PARTS, COMMITMENT TO THE TIME AND WORK, THE SENSE OF HUMOR NEEDED TO TOUGH OUT THE DIFFICULT TRUTHS YOU DISCOVER, AND YOU WILL BECOME A PRACTITIONER WHO CAN HEAL YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

HOW IT CHANGED MY BODYWORK PRACTICE

I TEND TO EXPECT ANYTHING NEW TO BE HELPFUL TO MY CLIENTS AND MY PRACTICE, BUT THIS COURSE HAS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASSES I INCORPORATED THE NEW WAYS OF WORKING WITH ENERGY AND/OR JOURNEYS INTO MY DAILY WORK, AS APPROPRIATE. SOME TREATMENTS ARE A BLEND, SOME ARE ENTIRELY SHAMANIC ENERGY HEALING. I APPRECIATE RITUAL AND CEREMONY AND NEVER FAIL TO SET UP SACRED SPACE WITH THE ALGONQUIN ANIMALS THAT HOLD THE FOUR DIRECTIONS, EARTH, SKY AND CENTER. THE EIGHT BREATHS ARE A START TO ALL MY TREATMENTS AND I HAVE FELT THE DEEPENED EFFECT OF ANY TREATMENT I DO. ONE OF MY CLIENTS COMMENTED THAT SHE FEELS THE DIFFERENCE IN TREATMENTS SINCE I STARTED THIS PROGRAM AND HAS LOOKED INTO TAKING IT HERSELF. IN FACT, SEVERAL OF MY CLIENTS ARE INTERESTED AND SOME HAVE REGISTERED. MANY ATTEND THE HEALING CIRCLES. SOME OF THE ENERGY TECHNIQUES AND TRACKING TOOLS WORK MORE QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY THAN MY OTHER MODALITIES AND I CAN SENSE AND SEE MORE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING. SO I CAN DO MUCH MORE IN AN HOUR EXPENDING LESS PHYSICAL STRENGTH- A BENEFIT TO BOTH MY CLIENTS AND ME.

INTERCONNECTED HEALING ALLOWS ME TO WORK AT A DISTANCE WHICH EXPANDS MY PRACTICE AND ALLOWS MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR BOTH MYSELF AND CLIENTS. IT’S A MIXED BLESSING IN A FULL PRACTICE, BUT ONE OF BEST THINGS I’VE LEARNED AND AM STILL LEARNING TO DO. I’VE BEEN PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT THE UNEXPECTED INTEREST FROM BOTH MY CLIENTS AND PEOPLE THEY REFER FOR SUCH WORK AS REMOVING BINDING, CORD CUTTING, AND JOURNEYS. I DIDN’T EXPECT THE CALLS FROM THE TRADITIONALLY MORE LEFT BRAIN ORIENTED PEOPLE, LIKE OIL ENGINEERS, UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS AND ALLOPATHIC MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS SEEKING “THAT JOURNEY YOU DID FOR MY FRIEND XXX.”

I WONDERED IF CLIENTS, MY REGULAR ONES OR NEW, WOULD BE WILLING TO PAY MY GOING RATE. ANOTHER SURPRISE! I AM FREQUENTLY BEING LEFT MORE MONEY THAN I’VE ASKED FOR, AND MORE THAN SMALL AMOUNTS – MY PRACTICE IS MORE MEDICAL BASED RATHER THAN “SPA” TREATMENTS SO TIPS ARE NOT THE NORM. SO THERE IS OBVIOUSLY A MARKET FOR THIS WORK!

I LOVE MY WORK AND FEEL BLESSED TO DO WHAT I LOVE EVERY DAY. ITS REALLY WONDERFUL TO FINISH A CLASS WEEKEND, FEELING THE INTENSITY OF ALL THAT WE’VE TAKEN IN, AND IMMEDIATELY GETTING EXCITED ABOUT WHO OF MY CLIENTS WILL BENEFIT FROM SOMETHING NEW AND DRIVE HOME THINKING “THIS IS SUCH COOL AND AWESOME STUFF- I CAN’T WAIT TO PRACTISE IT”.

MY OWN HEALING

MY HEALTH HAS IMPROVED IN THIS TWO YEARS IN ALL AREAS, PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL. SOME AREAS ARE HARDER TO QUANTIFY, AND I TEND TO GUARD MY PRIVACY BUT HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES:

-I HAVE FEWER PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS, LESS PAIN AND LESS FATIGUE.

-I HAVE CHANGED ENOUGH TO COMMIT TO A YOGA EXERCISE PRACTICE AND A “FOOD AS MEDICINE” PROTOCOL AND FEEL THE DIFFERENCE.

-I HAVE DARED TO SAY NO AND DISAPPOINT OTHERS. TOTALLY NEW BEHAVIOUR FOR ME.

-I’M MORE ABLE TO BELIEVE MY GUT FEELINGS AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.

-IN THE PAST TWO YEARS I’VE FELT MORE SADNESS, MORE DESPAIR, AND MORE GRIEF AS I DO THIS HEALING WORK, AND ALSO MORE PEACE, MORE HEALTH, MORE JOY AND DEEPER STILLNESS.

I HAVE HEARD SOME SAY THAT THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE CLASS. MAYBE, AT 500.00 PER WEEKEND, BUT IS COMPARABLE TO ANY WEEKEND CLASS RATE, AND WITH ALL I’VE GAINED, TRULY A BARGAIN!

~ Anne Belohorec

The course is life changing and liberating. When I first took the training I was attempting to heal from hyper-sensitivity and brain toxicity that my Dr said would either kill me or leave me incapacitated.

After a few years of detox and breaking through fears I was healed enough to attend Qigong workshops and begin Pete’s classes.

The healing ceremonies deconstructed me and allowed me to re-build a healthier life and whole body.

It was very hard. The first course at that time was more Native in that the belief was that we needed to suffer as we healed. This way we knew we were healing.

I healed enough to travel to Peru and Costa Rica. I was better but still felt affected by scents and foods.

I took the course again with the objective to complete a conscious healthy uncoupling from my wife. Also there were many parts of the course for which I had no memories either due to my cognitive impairment or the dramatic changes I needed to undergo.

I didn’t embrace the new gentle-gentle version of the course but refined my understanding of this way of healing myself and others.

So my first time through the course was to heal myself from a complete mess, the second was to continue my healing overall and achieve a healthy separation. I was stunned to win a third time through the course – why did Spirit choose this for me? I figured out eventually that it was to experience and begin to heal myself while in an intimate relationship. I am still working on this LOL

So yes, I highly recommend it if you are willing to give up control and allow chaos into your life
~ Andrew Mackie

The 8th fire is a program designed for the brave and courageous spirit that is ready to make a positive change in their life. It is filled with the gift of ancient secrets, traditional ceremonies and the power of the medicine wheel. These tools will SHARPEN your perspective towards your personal needs, SHED the past that fogs this forward view, and SHAPES your heart to capture and nurture life’s abundant love. Thank you Pete Bernard for holding sacred space in the program and for the gift of always being present in the moment. With a now filled tool box.

~ Helena Mikhael, Ottawa, ON

I was called to study with Pete, even before I knew anything about him. I followed my heart and intuition and found myself in the 8th fire family. It all began with a series of dreams. They were vivid, rich in content and I couldn’t make sense of them from the context of my life. Obsessed with a need to understand my dreams, I enrolled in a dream workshop. Within the workshop, I made an instant connection with Diane, my exercise partner for the weekend. She had just come back from Peru and, over lunch, we dug into the many pictures she had taken. An instant chill rose up my back as I recognized the cultural dress and manner of the Peruvian people. My first real-life encounter with the culture, it was shocking to realize my dreamtime visitors were alive outside of my mind. I knew I needed to pursue the synchronicity and Diane was eager to introduce me to the world she had discovered. Within a few short weeks I found myself at Shelley’s fire ceremony. Again, I felt a calling that night. As Shelley and Patty opened up Sacred Space, something within their voices resonated deeply within me, and I could literally hear the ancestors calling to me. That was the first night I heard of the Earning the Light Program, and, I knew it was a path I needed to take. I continued to attend events hosted by the 8th fire community and my resolve continued to grow.
As a student within the Earning the Light Program, I felt like I was ‘coming home’ to myself. When so many ‘schools of thought’ had encouraged self-discipline, willpower and resilience as methods for finding purpose in life, Pete encouraged me to listen to my own inner wisdom and ‘intuitive knowing’ that I had learned to shut off. The program provided me with the resources to ‘shed’ the layers of conditioning and false beliefs that were influencing my decisions and ruling my life. Through the course of the program I have gained greater awareness of the factors at play within my life and some of the self-defeating thinking patterns that I had allowed to rule my decisions. I am more confident and I feel like I’m finally taking the reins in my life.
The Earning the Light Program provides a window to your soul. It is a journey into yourself, and towards fully expressing yourself within your world. I can’t predict where this experience will take me, but I can tell you that I have a new experience of a ‘fully awake’ way of living that I never imagined was possible prior to this. This ‘way of being’ has a greater impact on my life than any of the goals I came in with, and I have a real ‘sense’ that the possibilities are endless as long as I’m committed to nurturing this ‘fully awake’ state.

~ Colleen